Taxman’s court bid to get Boro cash
THE company that runs Nuneaton Town Football Club was facing a winding up order in the High Court yesterday – although there are reports it was due to be dismissed.
The taxman brought the winding up petition before the Royal Courts of Justice in London in relation to Boro Leisure Limited, which owns the town’s club.
But the Nuneaton Town Supporters Co-operative posted on Twitter that it has been told by club chairman Lee Thorn that the situation has been resolved with HMRC and the order was to be dismissed in court.
The tweet read: “The Co-operative have been informed by the football club chairman that the winding up order against the club was addressed a few weeks ago and the order has been dismissed. As per previous statements, we seek to meet the club to discuss matters and how we can support the club.” But there has still been no official confirmation from the club itself. The Telegraph has seen a screenshot of an email, apparently from HMRC, which states the debt was settled and that the order was to be dismissed when it was raised in court.
The Telegraph has made repeated attempts to contact the Boro chairman for a comment about the hearing. Contact was made with the Vanarama National League North and HMRC but nether was able to comment on the case.
The case was listed for Wednesday morning as number 56 in Court 23 in The Rolls Buildings before deputy insolvency and companies court Judge Mullen.
Boro Leisure Limited has also failed to filing its accounts on time for the year ending June 30 2017.
The Companies House website says the accounts were due on March 31.
The news of the winding up order comes a day after the club announced that last night’s home game against Boston would have to be played at a neutral venue. It was due to be played at Liberty Way but Boro had posted on Twitter that the game had to be postponed due to floodlight failure.
It was then re-arranged to take place at Alfreton Town’s Impact Arena. The Telegraph contacted the Vanarama National League North about the home game switch but a spokesperson said: “The League cannot comment on this.”
They also said they could not comment on the winding up order.
According the government website, you can apply to the court to close or ‘wind up’ a company if it can’t pay its debts. This is also known as compulsory liquidation.
To wind up a company you must be owed £750 or more and be able to prove that the company can’t pay you.
An application to the court is known as a ‘winding up petition.’ If you’re successful the company assets are sold, any legal disputes are settled, the company collects money it’s owed and funds are paid to you and any other creditors.